How To Make a Hand-Engraved Hammer with Simple Tools

In this video I am showing how I made a simple hand engraved hammer without a forge or fancy tools. For the Hammerhead I have used a 25mm by 25mm steel bar (1” x 1”) and cherry wood for the handle, cherry is not ideal for hammer handles but it is beautiful and this hammer will get very light abuse, ideally hickory or ash wood is used.

How to Correctly Use a Hand Saw

This episode originally aired on July 25, 2009. The hand saws are the workhorses of the hand tool shop. They’re used for just about every operation on just about every part of a project. So it’s important to be able to saw accurately in order to be efficient. In this episode, I share three tips I’ve learned for making consistently more accurate saw cuts.

Now this guy is a True Master Craftsman


I don’t know the name of this machinery, but as the craftsman described it: “It’s used for jewellery to draw wire into different sizes.”

So why am I showing you this, because this guy built this entire machine from scratch himself.  Let me elaborate this; he moulded every metal part and I mean everything you see here including all the wiring.

2j  This guy is the same guy who built this hand drill down below


The hand drill above is his and the one below it is from Bridge city. There is no comparison between the two. We have always been astonished at the high level of workmanship bridge city has been working to and now this guy has clearly surpassed them by light years.


734Who do you reckon this guy is, he has no blog, doesn’t market nor sell any of his stuff on the net. Very little is known of him except that his work is outstanding. His work motto is; it’s finished when it’s finished. His name is Abiel Rios and he’s a a true master of his craft.

I hope this inspires you like it has me.

Abiel Rios

The last plane I’m ever going to buy



This is a plane that was meant to be. I first saw this wooden jack advertised on Gumtree which is like Craigslist in the US for $40. I looked it over and saw a few things I didn’t like and made him an offer of $20; he refused. One year later he lowered the price to $20. I sent him a message to pick it up. The look on his face when he saw me, no words were exchanged I simply handed him the money and took the plane.
The sole had a twist which I planed out and then flattened it. Since I’m not going to use the plane for shooting, I left the sides as is. I moved onto the iron and the back had some small pitting, but in general it was in a good state. It took me about an hour or so to get it ready for work.
I love it, it’s easy to plane with and light. I’m going to curve the iron some time in the near future so it does serve as a true jack. I have many planes but I only really need three. A  Jack, a jointer and a smoother. There’s no need for an LN 5 1/2 or 5 nor any other high priced brandname, to curve the blade on my LN 5 1/2 would be a serious waste of money.

What I don’t like about them they are heavy and the blades are thick. Since you will be using it for heavy planing, you will be sharpening often. The last thing you want to do is sharpen for long periods of time that’s just a waste of productive time. Old Stanley’s are good and so are Records because they are light and the blades are thin and easy to sharpen either by hand or with an sharpening aid.

I don’t plan on selling my 5 1/2 ever, period, as all my tools are dear to me, but I’m just saying that you don’t need an modernday expensive one full stop.